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Friday, August 21, 2015


-- RMU's Society for Collegiate Journalists, RMU-TV and RMU Sentry Media were recently nominated for a Mid-Atlantic College/University Production Award for Excellence by the National Academy of Television, Arts, and Sciences. The student group submitted a piece, "RMU Multimedia Election Coverage," where students put on a three-hour live coverage event of the 2014 Pennsylvania gubernatorial campaign. Their work was nominated for Outstanding University Student Production-Public Affairs/Community Service Award. Academic Media Center Production Coordinator Kathleen Ujhazy was the supervising producer of the group. The awards ceremony will be held on September 19 in Philadelphia.

Students nominated were Kendall Valan, producer; Alec Balenciaga, director; Eddie Sheehy, anchor; Jon Fisher, anchor and Dylan McKenna, remote coordinator, with Carrie Moniot as the advisor of the group. 

-- Robert Morris University's Greek Life hit the national stage in a few areas this month:

  • RMU undergraduate students, Christian Emminger, Steve Lucot, Anthony Michalski, and Zack Soltis represented their fraternity, Phi Sigma Kappa, at their national convention this summer, and brought home two awards. The chapter received the Men of Character Award for raising enough money for the Special Olympics to send an athlete to the Special Olympics World Games and the Fred Schwengel Award for being the most improved Phi Sigma Kappa chapter in the nation over the last two years. 
  • The National Panhellenic Conference has named RMU among the top 43 College Panhellenic programs in the U.S. and Canada. This award recognized the success of the RMU Panhellenic Council in upholding the values and ideals of a Panhellenic through the areas of recruitment, structure, communication with the NPC area advisor, judicial procedures, programming, academics and community impact and relations. Over 672 colleges and universities were scored on seven criteria, including those of value to college campuses such as academics, programming and community relations.  

-- Thanks to all who helped with Move-In Day yesterday. Despite the weather, we had a successful day with happy and excited students and families. See the pictures here.

EDITOR'S NOTE – Now that summer break has officially ended, the Minuteman will revert back to its normal publication schedule, and will be updated every week.


-- Ann Jabro, university professor of communication, presented research at the International Conference on Communication and Environment. Her paper was titled, "Transparency at a chemical manufacturing plant: Towards a theory of sustainable leadership." Jabro also presented research in the Internships and Careers Interest Group session at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. Her paper was based on research conducted in the Communications Seminar class and was titled, "Personal Branding and the e-Portfolio: Ingredients for Career Success."


-- Please join us for the seventh annual De La Gente Festival in collaboration with RMU Athletics and the RMU football team for the home opener on Saturday, Sept. 5. The festival will begin at 10 a.m. and feature our multicultural student organizations, games, activities, raffles and RMU Radio. Join us as we kick off the football season with free food, fun and games! For more information contact the Office of Multicultural Student Services at


Saturday, Aug. 22

Women's Volleyball Blue-Red Intrasquad Match (2 pm/Sewall Center/free admission)
Football Midnight Madness Scrimmage (10 pm/Joe Walton Stadium/free admission) 

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